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news: ITP helps Luton Borough Council with the town's new football stadium

Luton Town Football Club has been seeking to relocate from their home football ground for almost 70 years. In January 2019 the club secured planning consent from Luton Borough Council that will enable it to develop a new stadium at Power Court - a brownfield town centre site close to Luton's main railway station and guided busway that works well for both home and away supporters.

ITP worked with Luton Borough Council over a series of years to critically appraise potential stadium sites, which comprised both town centre and edge-of-town locations. Acting as expert advisers and critical friends to the Council team reviewing the football club's planning application, ITP analysed current supporter matchday travel patterns to LTFC home games at Kenilworth Road and audited sustainable travel opportunities and constraints.  We also mapped the accessibility of all the potential stadium sites under consideration, which demonstrated that Power Court was the best connected option by walking, cycling and public transport links for the largest number of LTFC supporters.

Our team helped Luton BC to review the Transport Management Plan, Travel Plan and Transport Assessment submitted by the football club in support of the Power Court Stadium planning application. We also considered the wider impacts of mixed use development linked to the proposed stadium. Our work has helped ensure that Luton Borough Council's planning officers were able to approve the new stadium proposals. Coupled with the recent approval of enabling development at Newlands Park, it seems that The Hatters could now be on the move in the near future.

Please click here if you would like to know more about other stadium development and matchday travel projects ITP has been involved in, and get in touch should you ever need support with a similar project.

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